The last oil
Humanoil is presented as an extreme luxury product that plays on long historical and mythical references. The extraction and use of human oil has not only been present in myths and magical rituals but was also practically used for medicinal healing of scars and for pain relief. The oil has been sought after as a lucrative product for centuries until early 1900. Tapio`s previous project Humanfuel as well as Humanoil puts the spotlight on humans as a resource, challenging us to flip the perspective and to reflect how we utilize all the resources around us at will according to our own pleasure.
It is time vanity causes some discomfort – how much pain must she endure before you decide to change your lifestyle? Humanoil is a follow up from the previous work where biofuel was made of the artists own fat, this time it has been rendered to human oil, the last oil produced from the artist – generated to offer anointing, white magic or pure skincare – your choice.
The research behind the project was presented during the TTT -Taboo Transgression Transcendence in Art and Science conference in Mexico 2018, entitled “Human oil: From magic and medicine to art”
The text is published in Technoetic Arts, Volume 16, Number 3, December 2018, pp. 259-265
The work will be launched as an exclusive live performance with NOBA – Norwegian Bioart Arena in August 12th 2020 and later presented at Ars Electronica in the program Keplers Garden, September 9th-13th 2020